Plans for 80-acre solar panel farm in Lincolnshire village
An 80-acre solar panel farm is set for a Lincolnshire village.
It would be home to 45,000 solar panels, generating 12 megawatts of power – enough for 3,000 households.
County firm Lark Energy, which is behind the project, wants the farm to be built at the village of Burton Pedwardine, near Sleaford.
A planning application has been submitted to North Kesteven District Council.
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Jonathan Selwyn, managing director of the Market Deeping business, said solar technology was important for the nation's carbon reduction targets.
"Solar power is part of the UK's strategy to generate clean energy as a way to combat climate change and to provide secure long-term energy sources," he said.
"Solar farms are a relatively small, effective and unobtrusive way of creating the electricity we all use. The solar farm is proposed to be built on low grade agricultural land, which is a productive use of land of this type."
The site lies around 2.5km to the west of Heckington and around 2.7km to the south of Sleaford. It is around 1.6km south of the A17 on land at Grange Farm.
The development is the latest in a list of solar farms that have been built recently in Lincolnshire.
The concept became popular following the introduction of the Government's Feed-in Tariff, which gives homes and businesses cash for each unit of electricity they produce.
In July last year, Ecotricity built a 20,000-panel facility in Conisholme, near Louth. And later in the same month Freewatt constructed a 4,300-panel farm in Stow, near Lincoln.
Freewatt recently added an additional 8,300 panels to its array.
Lark Energy says its facility will not have any significant impact on the environment in the area.
In its application, it said: "The site has mainly been in arable use and is not believed to have any significant ecological merit.
"Adverse effects on heritage, archaeological remains, and human remains, as a result of light and air emissions, noise, water and waste disposal are not envisaged."
The company, which is part of the Bourne-based Larkfleet Group, already has large PV plant at Marston, near Grantham.
It is also constructing the nation's largest solar facility – which will have 125,000 panels – near Leicester.